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DISASTER RESPONSE SIMPLY
The Riverland grape growing community
were shocked last Friday morning to hear the
news of a fire that destroyed a state-of-the-art
Proud Harvesting, on behalf of Linton and
Glenys Proud and Sherwood Estates, would
like to sincerely thank the many people who
offered assistance and encouragement follow-
ing the destruction of their grape harvester last
"The immediate support provided by the
local Police and MFS was exceptional," Brett
"The efficient assessment by MGA Insur-
ance was also testimony to the benefits of
dealing with local businesses."
The Proud families have expressed appre-
ciation for the support from the Riverland com-
munity that also included the offer of grape
harvesters to meet their immediate harvesting
Local contractors; Kym Butson, Dan Dal-
zell and Peter Harman, Dudley Jachmann,
David King and Joel Koch all increased their
significant workloads to enable all harvesting
bookings to be met.
Brett added: "Accolade Wines, The Wine
Group and Treasury Wine Estates along with
Wishart Contractors have been magnificent
in dealing with the forced cancellations of
bookings and the subsequent re-scheduling
Leda Ag from Mildura worked quickly to
hire and commission a new Leda harvester for
the Prouds to use for the rest of this vintage.
"To all of the people who have offered or
helped in any way during the past week, please
accept this as our sincere thank you for your
kindness and generosity," Brett concluded.
CHEESMAN IN THE CHAIR
Andrew Cheesman, former chief executive
of Wine Australia, has been appointed to chair
the Riverland Wine Marketing and Public Rela-
tions Delivery Group in line with the structure
outlined in the Riverland Wine Strategic Plan
The group has met with Andrew several
In recent months he has travelled widely
to meet with the 16 Riverland wine producers
from the largest corporation to the smallest
family operated enterprise.
These meetings helped inform the market-
ing group as they develop a robust action plan
to support the key strategic initiative: Market
The objective of the one-on-one meetings
was to listen to the ideas and aspirations of
those who invest in and believe in Riverland
Wines and to develop initiatives that will sup-
lSustainable ongoing growth in sales and
enduring partnerships with key customers
lImprovement in grape prices to profitable
l Restoration of value in underlying assets
Assist restoration of community pride and
Andrew said: "There is no single magic
bullet to achieve these outcomes.
Spreading the investment and trying to do
too many things will be ineffective.
However, we are now in a position to for-
mulate a specific and coherent set of recom-
mendations for the management committee to
review and endorse.
Keep an eye on this column for more about
growing the market for Riverland Wine world-
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF
THE WINE CASK
In 1965, Renmark's Tom Angove created
the first cask wine with a patent issued to the
company on April 20, 1965.
The invention was titled 'Improved con-
tainer and pack for liquids'.
This year is the 50th anniversary of that
Australian icon and the wine industry celebrat-
ed this milestone with an event in Sydney on
Tuesday evening this week.
Key speakers at the function provided in-
sight into the history of the wine cask, before
looking to the future to outline how hitting
the refresh button will infuse new life into the
familiar bag-in-box format.
One of the speakers was John Angove who
recalled his father's initial tinkering with the
first wine in a box concept (and the connection
to prehistoric goatskins), how the design came
together and how the Australian invention is
now adopted all over the world.
This was followed by a panel discussion
with winemakers and industry representatives
on 'where to next' for the cask wine sector.
Riverland Wine's Andrew Weeks, another
of Renmark's favourite sons, flew to Sydney to
join the celebrations and support the rejuvena-
tion of the icon.
Andrew said this is a great opportunity to
encourage all wine consumers to acknowl-
edge the cask's attributes as an environmen-
tally sound modern package that enables wine
buffs to enjoy premium wines by the glass.
The Ask for Cask campaign was also
launched at the event including a specially
created video which highlights the unique
place cask wine has had in Australia over the
past 50 years.
A FREE app to help
identify and measure
the presence of pow-
dery mildew on grapes
and grapevines should
be available to the Aus-
tralian wine commu-
nity by next vintage.
Researchers in a
project led by the Uni-
versity of Adelaide
have begun second-
phase testing and are
seeking volunteers to
put the new software
through its paces this
is part of a broader
looking to establish ob-
jective measures for
For more informa-
tion, people can visit
the AGWA website at
www. or contact Pro-
fessor Eileen Scott via
email at: eileen.scott@
New powdery mildew trial
THE Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) are
looking for examples of vineyard innovations
that can be shared with industry at this year's SA
Winegrape Growers Summit.
If you are a grower in South Australia who
has invented or developed a new practice, gadget,
process or piece of equipment that improves the
profitability of your vineyard then you are encour-
aged to enter.
The best idea will be presented the 'Vinnova-
tion' award at the Summit in July 2015.
To learn more people can visit http://wgcsa.
They can also call Peter Hackworth on (08) 8351
4378 or email email@example.com.
WHILE the weather can in-
fluence final crop yield, good
crop establishment begins
with properly serviced equip-
Gareth Webb, aftersales man-
ager for the O'Connors Group, a
Case IH dealer, said there were
several things farmers could do to
help maximise their yield.
"With sowing just around the
corner, it's time to get all your
equipment checked properly," he
The number one tip is to let
your local dealer check and ser-
vice your machinery.
It can be easy to miss things,
but because they know what to
look for, the service team can ad-
dress issues before they become
expensive to fix.
"Don't leave it too late; make
sure you get your spraying and
sowing equipment checked now, so
when the rain comes, you're ready
to go, and not held up."
Mr Webb said the second tip
was to check seeder boots and
"They are the most important
thing, being the last bit that en-
gages the ground.
They're so simple that often
people can forget them, but slight-
ly worn points will have a big
impact on seed beds and germina-
Worn points and boots can
actually be very costly in terms
of poor seed placement then ger-
"How often they need changing
depends on your soil type, but this
is something that will be picked up
in a dealer inspection."
Mr Webb said the third tip is to
assess seeder metering systems.
"Metering has to be accurate.
Some fertilisers and other addi-
tives can be very corrosive, so
check it over properly and service
it regularly," he said.
"Make sure the rollers are in
good order, and that there are no
leaks in the hoses and so on."
Mr Webb said the fourth point
is to make sure the right engine
oil is used.
"Tractors less than 10 years
old need a CI-4 15W/40 extra-high-
performance diesel engine oil,"
"There are cheaper oils on the
market, such as an CH-4, but these
are only suited to machines over
20 years old.
People can be tempted to use
these oils because they're cheaper,
but they won't be doing half the
lubrication job they should be
and are prematurely wearing the
engine, rather than looking after
"The fifth and final tip is for
machinery owners to have a pre-
ventative maintenance schedule as
part of their management process.
"There are two reasons for this.
One, farmers know they're ready
to roll when they need to start
spraying or sowing.
"But the second is about getting
a good return on your investment.
People can overcapitalise on their
gear because they're allowing for
breakdowns and stops.
"But you don't have to overcapi-
talise when you keep it going all
the time, and that comes back to
Meanwhile, SA teachers and
careers advisers will get a first-
hand look at the range of opportu-
nities on offer in the grains sector
AgCommunicators, the Grains
Research and Development Cor-
poration (GRDC) and the South
Australian Grain Industry Trust
(SAGIT) will launch a new pro-
fessional development workshop
-- More than Gumboots and Trac-
tors -- to upskill SA teachers and
career advisers on careers in the
SA grains industry.
According to the Australian
Farm Institute, Australian uni-
versities are producing about 700
agriculture graduates each year
for a job market exceeding 4000.
This represents a major succes-
GRDC Capacity Building Pro-
gram Manager Kathleen Allan
said the project aimed to address
a skills gap in the grains industry.
"The workforce of tomorrow
for the grains industry starts with
today's high school students so it
is important that those who help
advise and steer students' careers,
are equipped with the right infor-
mation," Ms Allan said.
The event will showcase rel-
evant course information from
universities and training organ-
isations, grain science research
at the Waite Institute and brewing
and logistics at Port Adelaide.
The day will conclude with a
careers dinner introducing some
of the people employed in the
grains industry direct to the at-
Participants will be provided
with a certificate of attendance to
contribute towards their annual
professional development require-
For more information, people
can visit www.agcommunicators.
Top fve tips for sowing preparation
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